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Colmesneil Council considers alley conflict

by Michael G. Maness

Colmesneil City Council convened its regularly slated meeting July 9 to a nearly full chamber of members and guests. Mayor Don Baird opened and progressed quickly to the top agenda item, the alleyway that fronts the W.T. Colmesneil House.

Jerri Smart and Billy Gregory purchased the Colmesneil House in 2002, and Smart presented to the council photos and mentioned their sizable investment to maintain the museum and library. She asked the council's help in settling a conflict between her and Lysanne McCreary in the neighboring house. Smart said McCreary parks her car in the alley, blocking access to the front of the Colmesneil House.

Ellysa McCreary wrote the presentation and was present with her service dog (she is a disabled Navy veteran), and her sister Allysan read the presentation to the Council on behalf of their mother. She was very willing to move her car anytime. The alley was not blocked when their mother is working, which was often six days a week. And they said the alley was rarely used for anything.

Baird asked City Utilities Director Keith Barnes about the alley, and Barnes said the alley has not been maintained by the city and that the Council ought to seek legal counsel. The Council tabled the issue to allow them to study it more and to seek legal counsel.

On another agenda item, Barnes asked the council to consider their 1992 Ford tractor, explaining that it was needing more repairs and coming to the end of its days economically. Barnes brought several tractor specifications he had investigated and studied, and the council approved for Barnes to purchase a new tractor under $25,000.

Regular financial, office, and water reports were approved without any concerns.

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